Happy Happy Friday to you!  Any fun plans for the weekend?  It’s supposed to be hot and humid here in DC.  The hubby and I plan to head to a Wine and Food festival at National Harbor Saturday afternoon.  And I’m sure majority of the rest of the weekend will involve fitness and delicious food.  Be sure to follow along on Instagram.  I feel like it’s been awhile since I’ve done a Friday Favorites post.  While scrolling through photos on my phone I realized I had several I hadn’t shared with you, especially from when I was in Cleveland last weekend.  Without further ado, this weeks food, fitness, and around the web favorites.

Halo Top

I bought my first Halo Top, Mocha Chocolate Chip several months ago at Whole Foods and LOVED it.  But Whole Foods is a pretty far drive for me so I hadn’t had it since.  Until I noticed my local Safeway now carrying this delicious low calorie, low sugar, high in protein ice cream.   Halo Top is made from all natural flavors and calories for the entire pint range from 240-360 and they definitely don’t lack in taste.  They also come in several other flavors but these have been some of my favorites.

Halo Top Ice Cream

Blast DC

Two weeks ago when my sister was visiting I decided to take her to Blast DC for a workout.  Blast Full Body workout is a mix of sprint and hill intervals on the treadmill and strength training on the floor all lead by an instructor.  The class was for an hour, which went by super fast because I really liked the format.  We did four rounds of treadmill then floor work.  I was really challenged by some of the incline settings we were asked to do, like jogging with the treadmill at a 20% incline, AH.  Needless to say we left sweaty and feeling like we had a great total body workout.  If you’re in the area your first Blast class is free and I definitely think it’s worth checking out.  I hope to write a full class review in the near future.

Blast DC

Wearing crop leggings and tank top from Prismsport

Supporting Local

I have always loved supporting local businesses and restaurants.  When I was in Cleveland last weekend I had to visit all my favorite local food spots.  We started with donuts from Jack Frost.  I remember visiting Jack Frost growing up and always ordering a smiley face donut.  They now have over 200 flavors and their donuts are still amazing.  The cinnamon sugar cruller was actually my favorite.

Jack Frost Donuts

Near the donut shop my mom recently discovered Old Brooklyn Cheese Co.,  they carry local cheeses, cheeses from farms around the US, and ones they make themselves.  We purchased a cheddar, gouda, and brie to make a charcuterie board.  Let me tell you the brie was out of this world, literally melted in your mouth!

Old Brooklyn Cheese Co.

And the cheddar we picked was from the second oldest creamery in the US in Plymouth Vermont, pretty neat.

Old Brooklyn Cheese Co.

Cleveland is a well known Polish area so one night we dined at a local Ukrainian Restaurant called Olesia’s Place. We had pierogies, hummus, and potato pancakes as an appetizer and the majority of the table ordered stuffed cabbage and kielbasa for dinner.  Definitely haven’t found a restaurant that serves this cuisine in southern MD.  We all throughly enjoyed our meals.

Olesia's Place

The last foodie adventure during my visit home was a family trip to East Coast Custard for our favorite Ice Cream.  Vanilla and Chocolate with sprinkles for me.  We grew up coming here on almost every hot weekend.  It’s almost always packed, but so worth the wait.

East Coast Custard

Sweater // Denim Jacket // Black Jeggings Perfect dessert eating attire 😉

Around the Web

How to Make Bath Bombs:  I love taking baths and never knew it was so simple to make your own bath bombs.  Making your own lets you customize the color and scent.  Here are some great homemade bath bomb recipes for yourself or a gift.

As a lover of Flywheel I found this interview with the CEO interesting on her journey to get where she is now and thoughts on the future of fitness.

While home I made this Walnut Crusted Chicken and Bacon Potato Salad Recipe (sub green beans) for my family and they were a total hit, or so they say so.  I thought the meal was amazing!

And in case you missed it I posted a Better for You Pancakes Recipe that uses a few healthy food swaps.  I can’t wait to make another batch of these this weekend for meal prep for the week.

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Thanks to Heather for today’s link up, you can view previous Friday Favorites Posts Here.

What’s your favorite flavor of ice cream?

What local businesses do you support?

Would you like the Blast workout?

14 Comments on Blast Workout, Halo Top, Local Businesses, and other Friday Favorites

  1. Heather @ Polyglot Jot
    April 28, 2017 at 11:56 am (5 years ago)

    I love local businesses too! There’s a small local organic market near me that I love to support as well as going to weekend Farmer’s markets during the Spring and Summer! There’s also a local bakery near me that I definitely support as it’s gluten free and vegan!

    • sweetandstrong
      April 29, 2017 at 2:25 pm (5 years ago)

      That’s so awesome you have some great local options. We don’t have as many here in MD so I love visiting all my favs when home.

  2. Carrie this fit chick
    April 28, 2017 at 1:30 pm (5 years ago)

    I love Halo Top too!! and Arctic Zero! I make sundaes with them. My favorite ice cream is for sure cookie dough.. Cookie dough ALL DAY. That cheese board is amazing. I’m obsessed with cheese boards. Love trying new flavors!

    • sweetandstrong
      April 29, 2017 at 2:26 pm (5 years ago)

      Literally could probably live off of cheese boards and ice cream =)

  3. Sarah @ Midwest Darling
    April 28, 2017 at 1:32 pm (5 years ago)

    About the Halo.. they are now selling it at Giant! At least the one I go to in Alexandria. They also sell “Enlightened” ice cream…. which has a few more calories but the entire thing is still usually under 300 calories. I like the taste of the enlightened ice creams a little more. But I love Halo too 😉

    Midwest Darling

    • sweetandstrong
      April 29, 2017 at 2:27 pm (5 years ago)

      I’ve heard of but haven’t tried Enlightened yet. I need to make a grocery trip in Alexandria, it’s also my closes whole foods.

  4. Allie @ agalnamedal.com
    April 28, 2017 at 2:10 pm (5 years ago)

    That potato salad looks awesome! I’m sad that we don’t have as many mom and pop shops here in Houston as other cities seem to have. Hope you have a great weekend!

    • sweetandstrong
      April 29, 2017 at 2:27 pm (5 years ago)

      That’s def a bummer you don’t have as many local shops. We don’t really either here in MD, so it’s always a treat when we travel or when I visit home.

  5. Emily
    May 2, 2017 at 4:22 am (5 years ago)

    Those cabbage rolls sound so good; also I LOVE local shops when we can support them. We don’t have tons of them right in our immediate city, but when we go to other towns, I’m starting to love finding restaurants and such that aren’t chains. They just have so much character and uniqueness.

    • sweetandstrong
      May 3, 2017 at 10:24 pm (5 years ago)

      Our goal when eating out is to always find something that’s not a chain, unless we’re craving it of course. I can’t live without Chipotle, lol.

    • sweetandstrong
      May 3, 2017 at 10:27 pm (5 years ago)

      I was pretty pleased with all these favorites, but after indulging I’ve been keeping my diet pretty clean.

    • sweetandstrong
      May 3, 2017 at 10:28 pm (5 years ago)

      Thanks Ashley =) I love getting to spend some time with her since we live so far away.


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